We are just two weeks into the NFL season but Roger Goodell seems to be in midseason form when it comes to handing out fines for perceived wrong doers. In the first week alone there were a grand total of 21 fines handed out across the league. That sure seems like an excessive amount, but if we compare the dollar amounts between this year and the previous three years will it hold up? Lets see:
Everything appears to be ordinary until you find out that the previous three years totals are comprised of a full season (including preseason and postseason) while 2013′s total only accounts for the preseason, week one, and part of week two.
The amazement only grows when you begin to breakdown 2013′s numbers even more. The preseason alone brought in roughly $200,000 while the rest of the $500,000 came in from weeks one and two. That gives us a regular season average of $250,000 worth of fines per week. So basically, if the NFL keeps their current average of $250,000 worth of fines per week they’ll easily eclipse the $4 million mark before the playoffs even begin.
Of course that average doesn’t seem to be sustainable. We’ve already witnessed the two biggest fines in NFL history for an on-field altercation occur over the course of the first two weeks and unless that pattern holds the massive weekly average will not keep up. Then again, Goodell does seem to be at the top of his vigilante game.
A few extra facts about 2013′s fines:
* A hit on a defenseless player is the most common fine, having happened nine times.
* Barry Church was fined $5,250 for throwing the football into the stands after celebrating his first touchdown in the NFL.
* Dashon Goldson is the only player to be fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit this season. He had initially been suspended for a single game but it was reduced to a fine after appeals.
* Goldson is also the only player to have been fined twice so far this season. On top of his helmet-to-helmet hit he was fined $30,000 for a hit on defenseless player in week one.
* The Detroit Lions lead the way with five total fines but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ four fines have cost their players $145,750 compared to Detroit’s $131,500.
* 13 teams in the NFL have not been fined.
Big thanks to Spotrac for the information
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